Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Did Hitler Escape To His Antarctic Stronghold?

In the 1950s, rumors spread that Hitler had escaped to a secret Nazi base at the South Pole. In 1952, Dwight D. Eisenhower said: "We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death. Many people believe that Hitler escaped from Berlin." When President Truman asked Joseph Stalin at the Potsdam conference in 1945 whether or not Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, 'No.' Stalin's top army officer, Marshall Gregory Zhukov, whose troops were the ones to occupy Berlin, flatly stated after a long thorough investigation in 1945: "We have found no corpse that could be Hitler's." The chief of the U.S. trial counsel at Nuremberg, Thomas J. Dodd, said: "No one can say he is dead."

According to these rumors there is a real continent, with plains, valleys, mountain peaks up to 15,000 feet. The temperature in the interior is around zero (?) in the summer, and never drops below 20 or 30 degrees below in the winter. In other words, it is not as cold as in parts of North Dakota or Canada." (especially underground, where the natural temperature would be in the 50's, even below snow and ice. - Branton) "Bonjour" magazine, the "Police Gazette," and the Paris newspaper "Le Monde" all had articles about Hitler's South Pole hideaway. Admiral Doenitz, in 1943, stated, "The German submarine fleet has even now established an earthly paradise, an impregnable fortress, for the Fuhrer, in whatever part of the world." Although he did not specify where the exact location was, "Bonjour" pointed out that in 1940 Nazi engineers had begun construction of buildings that were to withstand temperatures to 60 degrees below zero. There have been strong rumors, from the end of the War, that Hitler escaped to his South Pole fortress.
Nazi Germany began to explore the Antartic in 1938 (The German grasping at the Antarctic)
The "NEUSCHWABENLAND" left the port of Hamburg on December 17th 1938 heading to the Antarctic on a precisely planned and determined route and reached the ice on January 19th 1939 at 4° 15´ W and 69° 10´S. The following weeks on 15 flights the "PASSAT" and the "BOREAS" flew across some 600.000 square kilometers and made with their special designed German "Zeiss Reihenmessbildkameras RMK 38" more than 11,000 pictures of the area. The old Norwegian maps from 1931 of these area were renewed, for they proved to be fake. (It could not be different, because the earlier Norwegian expeditions did never go so deep into the ice from the Northern landing point they used).

Nearly one fifth of the whole Antarctic area was scanned in this way, thus documenting the area for the first time and simultaneously claiming it to be German territory. To stress this claim on the outside too, the two planes dropped several thousands of drop-flags and special metal poles with the expedition's insignia, the "swastika," on them. The whole territory received the still valid name: "NEUSCHWABENLAND", referring to a south German region.
Interestingly, the Expedition seemed to have discovered ice-free areas even with lakes and small signs of vegetation in the middle of the Antarctic. Their geologists said that this phenomenon was due to hot sources in the ground. Concurrently, the landings points were marked with "prick-flags".
Some claim that a secret war against the Nazis who escaped was carried on by the United States Navy, led by Admiral Byrd.  A film documenting the same is available through this linked website. This film, "The secret land, starring men and ships of the US Navy," is a documentary of that expedition. This very rare film from the US Navy details Admiral Byrd's failed attempt against the Nazi South Polar Base. After many difficulties, the expedition found the rumored place, a calm area with green trees, flowing lakes, and no snow. The temp is 38 degrees in the water. This goes against all theory!

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